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Applications open for popular Filmmakers’ Immersion programme

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Shakirah Bourne of Barbados, winner of the 2013 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch session, pitches her eventual prize-winning project, Two Smart, at last year’s T&T Film Festival.

The T&T Film Festival (TTFF), in association with RBC Royal Bank, invites applications for the fourth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion.


Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides ten selected film-makers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the opportunity to learn from internationally respected film-makers and other film professionals. 


It will be held from September 23–27 during TTFF/14 which takes place from September 16–30.


Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative film-making, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the film-makers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.


A release from RBC Royal Bank said each film-maker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment. 


At the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to a jury at a public event at TTFF/14. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a prize to be determined.





Focus is open to Caribbean film-makers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); film-makers of the diaspora (people of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international film-makers living and working in the Caribbean. 
Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features, as a screenwriter and/or director.




All applicants must submit a maximum three-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) via Vimeo link, stating their role(s) on the film (writer and/or director). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in no more than 100 words, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three of these items.
Applications should be sent via e-mail to [email protected]
The deadline for applications is 5 pm EST on July 11. Successful applicants will be notified by August 1.




All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the immersion, lunch, a festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to festival-related activities. 
Participants not residing in T&T will be allocated accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), and local transport to and from festival-related activities.


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